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Bad back bothers Nadal

Agence France-Presse



David Gray/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE RAFAEL Nadal withdraws from the Acapulco ATP tournament due to back injury.

PARIS, France (AFP) — Rafael Nadal said he will not play in the Acapulco ATP tournament in March because of a back injury which also caused his withdrawal from next week’s Rotterdam event.
The world’s No. 2 is therefore unlikely to play again until the season’s first Masters event in Miami from 24 March.

“I am very sorry not to participate in Acapulco 2021,” the 34-year-old Nadal, champion in Acapulco in 2005, 2013 and 2020 wrote on Twitter.

“It is a difficult year for everyone and in my current state of health, with a bad back, it is impossible to make such a long trip.

“I love Acapulco, I have played the last four years, but this year it is not possible. Hopefully in 2022.”

Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam title winner, was bothered by the back injury in Melbourne where he was knocked out of the Australian Open in the quarter-finals by Stefanos Tsitsipas from two sets up.

The Spanish star could lose his No. 2 world ranking next week to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev if the Australian Open runner-up makes the final in Rotterdam.